Problem and Solution - SharePoint 2013 Prerequisites Installation on Windows Server 2012 R2

This article describes SharePoint 2013 prerequisites installation on Windows Server 2012 R2.

Overview

After I installed my Windows Server 2012 180 days trial version I decided to install SharePoint Server 2013 and give it a try (I know I'm late but being late is better than never).

I was very excited but once I started to install the SharePoint 2013 prerequisites I got the following error:

install SharePoint 2013 prerequisites

It seems that the installer can't install some of the Windows roles (such as Application Server and Web Server (IIS)).

Steps to install SharePoint 2013 Prerequisites

After searching I figured out that Prerequisiteinstaller.exe throws an exception on Windows Server 2012 R2, so the best solution now is to install Windows Roles and Features and SharePoint prerequisites manually.

1- Install Windows Roles and Features

open Server Manager

Click on “Add roles and features”.

Windows Roles and Features

Select “Role based or feature based installation” and click “Next”.

Role based or feature based installation

Select “Select a server from the server pool” and the server that you are currently working on and click “Next”.

server from the server pool

On the “Select server roles” page, check:
  • Application Server

    Application Server

  • Web Server (IIS)
  • IIS 6 Management Console
  • You will find it here: Web Server (IIS) >> Management Tools >> IIS 6 Management Compatibility >> IIS 6 Management Console.
IIS 6 Management Console

In the Select Features page, expand the “.NET Framework 4.5 Features” group then check “ASP.NET 4.5″.

Dot NET Framework Features

Check "Windows Identity Foundation 3.5″. Click “Next”.

Windows Identity Foundation

Follow the installer steps and in the “Confirm installation selections” page check “Restart the destination server automatically if required” or you will need to restart the server manually.

2- Install SharePoint prerequisites

The first thing we need to do is download the prerequisites that SharePoint needs.

Download and Install the following:
  1. Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 Native Client - sqlncli.msi
  2. Microsoft Sync Framework Runtime v1.0 SP1 (x64) - Synchronization.msi
  3. Windows Identity Foundation (KB974405) - Windows6.1-KB974405-x64.msu no need to download this as you already installed it in a previous step
  4. Microsoft Identity Extensions - MicrosoftIdentityExtensions-64.msi
  5. Microsoft Information Protection and Control Client - setup_msipc_x64.msi
  6. Microsoft WCF Data Services 5.0 - WcfDataServices.exe
Use the following procedure:
  1. Download Windows Server App Fabric - WindowsServerAppFabricSetup_x64.exe
  2. Open Window PowerShell as administrator
  3. cd the download location, in my case C:\SharePoint2013Prerequisites
  4. type the following command to install AppFabric
    .\WindowsServerAppFabricSetup_x64.exe /i
    CacheClient","CachingService","CacheAdmin /gac

    Window PowerShell as administrator

  5. Wait 2-3 minutes for AppFabric to install
  6. Download and install Cumulative Update Package 1 for Microsoft AppFabric 1.1 for Windows Server (KB2671763) - AppFabric1.1-RTM-KB2671763-x64-ENU.exe
  7. Reboot the server
Now you are done and ready to install SharePoint Server 2013.